Back yard gardens and patio from an elevated view.

The warmer weather offers so many options for entertaining guests. Whether you have a covered porch, patio, four seasons room, deck or balcony, your outside space offers more room for socializing, dining and enjoying warm summer days and nights.  With today’s wide selection of affordable and colorful outdoor furniture, rugs and accents, you’ve got more ways than ever to make the most out of your outdoor living area.

With the increase in popularity of outdoor entertaining, exterior space has become an integral part of the home.  People are seeking a place to entertain family and friends in a relaxing, inviting environment while also making the most of time spent outdoors. They’re looking for comfort, privacy and covered areas offering the opportunity to be outside regardless of the weather.

Bringing the look and feel of the inside of your home to your outside entertainment space is a growing trend. That begins with comfortable and functional seating and dining areas. For smaller areas, multi-use all-weather pieces are a great way to have both comfort and function. Tables and benches with built-in storage and ottomans that tuck under chairs provide flexibility regardless of the size or available space. For larger areas, comfort is king with larger, one piece seating areas, cushioned reclining chairs, and separate, relaxing dining areas. And don’t forget to add a pop of color with a patterned outdoor rug or throw pillows.

With the increase in al fresco cooking and dining, outdoor kitchens have gained in popularity.  Ranging from a grill on the back patio to an all-out kitchen with prep and cooking areas and appliances, people want to cook where the guests are – not inside. Ideally, the cooking area should be covered in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. A covered patio ideal for keeping the cook dry and also provides shelter from the sun on those really hot days!

Lighting and technology can make a dramatic difference as more people entertain after dusk. There are so many exciting options today! From strategic deck lighting to accent lighting in walkways, subtle hints of illumination make the exterior that much more inviting. Backyard Wi-Fi and outdoor TVs continue to grow in popularity and are just two ways outdoor entertaining has become tech-savvy as well.

Want to entertain outside but the weather isn’t cooperating? Four seasons rooms are a great way to host gatherings inside while bringing the outside in! They’re one of My Signature Home’s most popular options and offer a perfect dining area or comfortable relaxing seating area for drinks and conversation. They’re also a great spot to read the morning news over coffee or a quiet retreat to read a book. When that colder weather eventually arrives, they’ll also bring more sunshine into your home!

Whether you’re entertaining inside or out this summer, we hope you have time to enjoy the many activities, events and holiday gatherings the warmer weather brings!

If you’re considering purchasing or building a new home, we would love the opportunity to discuss options available in our new construction homes! Please give us a call at 630.280.5551 or complete our online contact form. You can also join our e-list to get the latest information about our community and new home designs.